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Scots take Knox invite by storm

April 15, 2016

The Fighting Scots men’s and women’s track teams swept Saturday’s Knox Invitational by bringing home first place prize. Both the men’s and the women’s teams outscored the competing teams by over 100 points each.

The men turned in three performances that ranked top 8 in the nation. Pole vaulters Joe Ward and Dan Evers turned in lifetime bests and finished 1-2. Ward took first with a vault of 16’5-½” and Evers took runner up with 15’11-¼”. After Saturday, Ward ranks fourth in the nation and while Evers ranks eighth nationally. Brenna Lobb won the women’s pole vault with a vault of 8’2-½”.

James Wilson ran the sixth-fastest 200-meter dash in the nation. Wilson crossed the line with a blazing 21.62 sseconds and was just ahead of teammate Adam Parr who came in third place with a time of 22.35 seconds.

Parr and Wilson combined with Matt Trainor and Timmy Williams to win the 4×100 relay with a time of 41.71. The women’s 4×100 also won and clocked the eighth fastest time in the country. Cynthia Myers, Beka Wollenburg, TaShea’ Tinglin and Briana Gardner won with a time of 48.74.

The Fighting Scots swept the top 3 spots in the 110 hurdles. Payton Holmes won with a time of 15.31. Vaughn Gentzler was right behind him with a 15.70 and Carl O’Connor rounded out the trio with a time of 16.85.

Joanna Podosek finished first in her pair of distance events. Podosek topped the podium in the 1500 meter and the 800 meter. She clocked a PR with a 4:45.89 in the 1500 and broke the tape in the 800 with a 2:19.45.

The women’s javelin also first and second as Madi Schulenberg won with a throw of 108’2”. Ashley Castellanos threw for a runner up finish of 96’5”.

“Our team is motivated to get things done when it’s time to get them done. No matter how the season turns out, win or lose, I know we are going to do our very best to be the best we possibly can,” said Gardner.

The Scots will return to competition this weekend at the WIU Lee Calhoun Memorial.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Contributor

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